General Partner @ Reflex Capital
Ondrej is heart & soul entrepreneur. At age of 15, still under communists, he started selling his own machine coded software. At 19, when borders opened, he started distributing imported fish cans. At 24, after finishing university, he started a market research agency, which he sold to his partner. At 27, he started Mall.cz, which, with over 1000 employees and €300m of revenue, later became the largest multinational e-commerce play in the region. After he successfully exited the business 12 years later, he started venture capital firm Reflex Capital, investing in Czech Republic and in the USA to startups with "difficult founders". Besides business, Ondrej is father of three and avid traveler and adventurer.
Managing Partner @ 3TS Capital Partners
3TS Capital Partners (www.3tscapital.com) is one of the leading European technology focused private equity and venture capital firms. 3TS provides expansion capital and buyout funding for small and medium-sized businesses in growth sectors including Technology & Internet, Media & Communications and Technology-Enabled Services. Investors in the current and past 3TS funds totaling over €300 million include EIF, EBRD, Cisco, OTP, Sitra, 3i and KfW among others.In the technology arena 3TS is probably best known for its investments in companies like LogMeIn (Nasdaq LOGM), Systinet (HP), SolveDirect (Cisco), Avangate and Piano (www.piano.io).
Mr. Mäki is the Managing Partner of 3TS and is primarily responsible for general management of 3TS. Previously, Mr. Mäki was the Managing Partner of Red Catalyst Ltd., a strategic business development consultancy and an investment boutique. He has also been an entrepreneur and executive in management consulting and with advertising agencies across Central and Eastern Europe and in Finland. A true European Mr. Mäki speaks five languages and has studied at Helsinki University of Technology, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Wirschaftsuniversität in Vienna.
Partner @ Abris Capital Partners
Monika is a Partner at Abris, one of leading PE fund managers based in Poland (best Private Equity Firm 2017 - CEE Mergers & Acquisitions award). She has 24 years of international, C-suite experience in finance, private equity, banking, investor relations, management, strategy and development. She is also vice president of Polish Private Equity Association (PSIK).
Mauro Yovane Jauregui
Principal @ Axon Partners Group
Mauro has extensive experience in finance in fields such as venture capital and private equity. Currently is Principal at Axon Partners Group managing a EUR 500 mm Pan-European Fund-of-VC-Funds. Previously he worked as Investment Manager at Talde Private Equity in Spain and before that in multilateral institutions in LATAM such as IADB and CAF Development Bank where he was investment manager of a fund of fund program managed by the institution with more than 25 funds in the portfolio. He has served as Board Member of numerous portfolio companies and in the Advisory Committee of several VC funds. Mauro has a Master in Finance Degree from London Business School and a MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile.
Founder and Managing Partner @ Isomer Capital
Joe Schorge is the Founder and Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, based in London and focused on European early stage venture capital. Isomer accesses high-potential opportunities in European technology through limited partner investments in funds, company co-investments, and providing liquidity to firms and founders via secondary purchases. Previously Joe spent over 20 years’ working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive, most notably at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.
Investment Manager @ Polish Development Fund group
Annemarie is an Investment Manager with the Polish Development Fund group, where she is responsible for investments in the Private Equity funds and international relations.
Prior to her current role, Annemarie spent six years working at the BNP Paribas group in London - in its Asset Management arm and at the Investment Bank.
Annemarie holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management from Kozminski University in Warsaw.
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Consumer, & CTO @ Avast
Ondrej Vlcek serves as our EVP and GM for the Consumer business & CTO leading our largest business at Avast. Through his strategies and vision, Mr. Vlcek has architected our cloud based security network for the newly announced IoT security solutions and has led his team to dramatic growth by re-inventing how we protect people online. In his prior role at Avast as CTO, he pioneered Avast's transformation from a traditional PC antivirus vendor into the leading next- gen provider of security solutions it is today. In 2003, Mr. Vlcek became a chief developer at Avast and led the team that developed one of the first antivirus program for Windows. He holds an MS in Mathematics from Czech Technical University in Prague.
Head @ Arolla
Aurélien is Head of Arolla and a member of RPI and Arolla's Investment Committees.
Prior to joining RPI in 2008, Aurélien began his career in 2003 in Rothschild & Co's Global Advisory division based in Hong Kong and in Paris where he last served as a Manager. Aurélien holds an MSc from ESSEC Business School.
Director @ CVC Capital Partners
Jakub joined CVC in 2014 and is a member of the CVC Eastern Europe & Middle East team and is based in London.
Prior to joining CVC, he worked at Advent International and at Société Générale.
Jakub graduated from UCLA and holds a BA degree in business economics.
Head of Structured Investments @ PZU Group
Tomasz Mrowczyk is Head of Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, managing portfolios across private debt and private equity with AuM exceeding EUR 1.5 billion. He was instrumental in transformational change of PZU’s approach to management of its proprietary book after PZU IPO in 2010. He started his professional career at Warsaw branch of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Tomasz graduated from University of Economics in Katowice and holds CFA, CAIA and MBA designations.
Partner @ PUSH Ventures
After graduating in business he has gained 13+ years experience as investment professional in Vienna and London working for Raiffeisen, UBS and aws. He also was an entrepreneur and patent owner before changing to the VC buy-side. Laurenz is married and proud father of two kids. He loves roadbiking.
Country Director @ Enterprise Investors
Vjačeslav is a country director for the Czech Republic at Enterprise Investors. Prior to joining
Enterprise Investors, Vjačeslav was a manager at EY Czech Republic, where he was responsible for
corporate finance, transaction advisory and financial restructuring projects across Central and
Eastern Europe. He also spent one year at EY in London in a department specialising in transaction
advisory for financial institutions.
Managing Partner at Cipio Partners
Roland is Managing Partner at Cipio Partners (www.cipiopartners.com), a European growth
capital and secondary direct investment management and advisory firm. Roland leads Cipio’s
origination activities while serving on a number of company boards in Europe and Israel. He
started his private equity career at 3i Group investing in technology and mid-market buyout
deals. Before 3i, Roland was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Paris
and Roland Berger in Munich, as well as a robotics researcher with Hitachi Ltd. in Japan. Roland
holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Master of Electrical Engineering
from ETH Lausanne, Switzerland.
Roy is a private investor and startup consultant, before that he was an investment manager for Intel capital . His latest investments are in the domains of AI and cyber security. Before his role in investments Roy was the founder and Managing Director of Intel corporation startup program and was also involved with the Fintech Hub “The Floor” working with world’s main financial institutes to drive the FinTech revolution. He serves as advisor for many companies from blockchain to consumer products giving from his experience as founder and product R&D lead for Intel. He holds a computer science degree and is the inventor of many patents and algorithms.
Partner @ Multiple Capital
Ertan is founding partner of Multiple Capital. Prior to Multiple, Ertan was Investment Director at HR Ventures for 6 years, in charge of building a portfolio of venture capital direct and fund investments. He advised on more than 20 early-stage direct investments and 10 VC fund investments and has built a strong global network of early-stage venture capitalists and founders. Ertan has graduated in International Finance & Law from Frankfurt University and London Metropolitan University and received his MBA from ESCP. He is still associated with the department of finance at Frankfurt University today by being a visiting lecturer on entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Partner @ Jet Investment
Marek is a Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Investment Committee, and a Director responsible for seeking out and managing investment projects in Jet Investment. As chairman of the board of directors and Group CEO, he also participates in executive management of Kordárna Plus Group. In relation to other portfolio investments, Marek is a member of the boards of directors at LESS & TIMBER, Fiberpreg CZ, and Payment4U and is managing director at BENET AUTOMOTIVE. He was previously responsible for acquisition and project management of MSV Metal Studénka, acquisition and project management and exit of Texiplast, and project management of STROJÍRNY POLDI.
Marek has been working in Jet Investment since 2010. He previously worked in Bank Austria Creditanstalt and in Deutsche Bank in Prague and London, where he was responsible for trading on the financial markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Marek is a graduate of Brno University of Technology and Nottingham Trent University.
Laszlo R. Czirjak
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Laszlo R. Czirjak, Co-Founder, Co-Managing Partner at iEurope Capital, a US private
equity/venture capital fund management firm. Investment and board role
experience includes successfully building businesses in US and EU across enterprise
software, e-commerce, energy, hardware manufacturing, marketplaces, media,
mobility and agriculture. Earlier was Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company/BT
Alex Brown in the London Investment Bank. Also served as current or past Chair roles
at: American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, where he founded a committee
focused on entrepreneurship and governance; Fulbright and United Way
Foundations in Hungary; and Columbia University Club of Hungary. Born and raised
in the US and residing in Budapest. Received an MBA and BS in Industrial
Engineering, both with honors, from Columbia University in New York.
Managing Partner @ Genesis Growth Equity Fund
Jiri Benes currently leads preparations of new Genesis Growth Equity Fund, targeting lower mid-market growth investments in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Jiri was previously Partner with 3TS Capital Partners since 2001, the leading growth capital investor operating in the whole CEE region. He has private equity transaction experience in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Bulgaria, he served as a Board Member at number of portfolio companies.
Jiri is also Chairman of the Board of Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and was Board Member of EVCA (Invest Europe) in 2008 and 2009. Previously, he worked for the Corporate Finance team at PwC and covered CEE equity markets in London as an Equity Analyst for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank. He holds both B.A. and M.A. in Finance from the Prague School of Economics and earned CFA designation in 2001.
Founder & Managing Partner @ MCI Capital
Tomasz Czechowicz is an entrepreneur with over 35 years of digital related experience. He was awarded the title of Global Leader for Tomorrow by World Economic Forum. Tomasz is a Founder and Managing Partner of MCI Capital founded in 1999, one of the most dynamic private equity groups in Europe focused on digital transformation. Currently, with the use of Private Equity / Venture Capital funds, MCI implements growth stage and expansion/buy-out stage investments in CEE Region, Germany and Austria (DACH), Scandinavia and Israel. The value of MCI’s assets exceeds USD 650 M. Through investment funds it has so far closed over 60 investment projects and near 30 full exits. Since inception MCI generated net IRR of above 20%. Vast majority of the portfolio is composed of fintech, e-commerce and IT ecosystem companies.
General Partner @ Cogito Capital
Sylwester is Managing Partner of Cogito Capital, a venture and growth equity firm based in Warsaw, Poland and New York, USA.
Cogito invests in later and growth stage tech companies with global expansion potential and operating predominantly in CEE and DACH countries.
Before founding Cogito, for almost 10 years Sylwester was a Senior Partner at MCI Capital, focusing on investments in growth technology companies based in Central and Western Europe and leading investments and working with such companies as iZettle, Azimo, MarketInvoice, NaviExpert and Invia.
Prior to joining MCI Capital, Sylwester worked at PwC, Lockheed Martin and ATM. Sylwester holds an MBA in Strategic Management of Technology and e-Business from Cass Business School in London, UK, and a Master degree in Economics from Gdańsk University, Poland.
Managing Partner @ iTech Capital
Mr. Davidyuk has almost 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. Before founding iTech Capital, Mr. Davidyuk spent 5 years (2005-2010) as a Partner at Mint Capital, midsized Scandinavian private equity fund actively investing in the Eastern European market. Before that he worked for more than 5 years (2000-2005) as Managing Director at Alfa Capital Partners, where he was also one of the co-founders. Gleb Davidyuk has gained valuable regional investment experience from four years work (1996 — 2000) with EBRD-sponsored private equity fund managed by Quadriga Capital. Gleb graduated from the Yaroslavl State University with Ph.D. in Finance (2000). Graduated Executive MBA at the University of Chicago GSB (Booth School of Business, 2010). Holds a B.S. degree from the Ivanovo State Power University (1997).
General Partner @ CEE Booster
Bence Makai is general partner in CEE Booster a new venture capital fund focusing on early stage tech investments in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also partner in OXO Group, a Hungary-based leading startup ecosystem player. Oxo group was established in 2014 as startup accelerator and later started its early phase investment arm Oxo Angels, and an angel fund under “Powerangels” brand. Prior Oxo Group Bence worked as GP in Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds in Hungary and earlier spent a decade in telecom industry at different top management positions in CEE. Bence holds a Master’s degree in International Business from Oxford Brooks University.
Founding partner @ Royalton Partners
Ivan is founding partner of Royalton Partners private equity firm investing in CEE for 20 years. Currently based in Prague he has extensive experience in structuring and executing transactions across the region. Prior to his current assignment he has been executive in JV with State Street. Before joining State Street he was managin Creditanstalt Privatization Fund in the Czech Republic.
During his 26 years of investing in the region Ivan has gained invaluable experience when serving as director of number of companies in various countries.
Ivan holds degree in Cybernetics from Pilsen University
Founding Partner @ Tera Ventures
Andrus Oks is a Founding Partner at Tera Ventures and sits on the boards of Lingvist, Realeyes and Sportlyzer. Prior to founding Tera Ventures, Andrus was an Investment
Manager at SmartCap, where he had five exits, one of which was Estonia’s top recent exit, GrabCAD. Before joining the VC world, he was a digital entrepreneur himself, so knows the founder’s journey well. Andrus has two MA degrees in Economics from University of Tartu and Clark University.
Managing Director @ CVI
Radoslav Tausinger is Managing Director with CVI (Credit Value Investments), a manager of private debt and private equity funds with EUR 1.3 billion of assets under management, and more than 500 private capital investments realized to date. Within CVI, Radoslav is focusing primarily on opportunities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Baltics. His previous experience includes private equity at Gimv, investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and management consulting at McKinsey & Company, working in New York, London, and Central Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Comenius University in Bratislava.”
Chairman and CEO @ CMZRB
Jiří Jirásek was named Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the CMZRB in dual capacity on January 1 st , 2016. Prior to that Jiří served on the board of directors for 20 years from 1995 – 2015. It was back in 1995 that his career at the CMZRB started when he was appointed Director of the Financial Services Division, where he successfully led the department until 2008. After that he moved on to head up the Trade Support Division in 2009 providing strong leadership allowing a department, which handles securities, branch network management and the distribution and promotion of CMZRB products, to thrive until he took up his new dual role in 2015.
Jiri is a graduate of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague where he attended the faculty of economics. He continued along his chosen path with postgraduate studies at Brunel University in Buckinghamshire in the UK and at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University in the US.
Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Hana Gawlasová leads Squire Patton Boggs’ People & Technology team in Prague. She provides high-profile and added-value services in ICT law, including specialized areas such as cybersecurity and data breaches, data protection and compliance, e-commerce and ePrivacy, among others. She has been advising clients on how to mitigate and deal with cyber-crime since early 2000.
Hana has substantial experience of working with internationally renowned companies. Through counseling clients across the globe, her cross-practice team of people and technology lawyers understands the tools in-house counsel need to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape. She regularly tracks the latest threats, protects users from hackers, and researches information security and compliance best practices.
Hana’s experience in the cyber security space is, importantly, concentrated on where business leaders are focused – on practical and comprehensive solutions.
Director @ c*funds BV, Fund Placement Agency
Katalin is an experienced fund placement agent & GP-LP deal-broker for investment funds. Started as an EU grant writer for startups and has grown through to investment deal-broker for startups and currently dedicated only for investment funds. Currently 380 M EUR mandates in placements. c*funds BV is a globally active and independent, fully digitalized fundraising agency focusing on setting up new investment funds (10-150 M EUR). c*funds represents a “fresh” approach on the traditional, rigid asset market, combining alternative assets data intelligence with high-end design and direct face to face meetings. Strong hands on mentality. Katalin has studied MA Economics and spent the last 15 years active as fundraiser for different institutions and the last 3 years for private equity. Born in Hungary and spent 20 years in Amsterdam. European Commission ICT innovation expert and evaluator since 2015. Motto: Large tickets. Fast progress. Fascination for Funds of Funds.
CEO @ i5invest
Herwig, a highly recognized and experienced Valuation and Deals expert, has worked in Corporate Finance as well as Deals Consulting since 2005 advising a multitude of clients ranging from SME to multinational corporations.
A graduate from Vienna University of Economics and Business Herwig started his career at PwC in Frankfurt focussing on company analysis and valuations. In the course of numerous transactions he supported his clients with financial modelling and market analysis services.
After having returned to Austria in 2007 Herwig expanded his scope throughout the deals continuum including business planning, due diligence, valuation and M&A advice among other services.
In 2015 Herwig joins i5invest as CEO responsible for Corporate Development and M&A.
In addition to his management functions he authored various publications in economic literature and he still is a frequent speaker and trainer at Deals and Corporate Finance conferences.
So far Herwig's clients were industrial companies (such as Semperit and voestalpine), technology-driven companies in the semiconductor and IT space (such as ams AG and Automic Software) as well as companies pursuing new business models (such as paysafecard and Kapsch).
Herwig has a CEMS master's degree in International Management, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is currently enrolled in the Master program for Renewable Energy in CEE at the Vienna University of Technology.
Partner @ Earlybird
Dan is a Partner with Earlybird, Digital East Fund.
Based in Eastern Europe, he invested in companies such as DCSPlus, FITE, Minit and UIPath.
General Partner @ Target Global
At Target Global Mike is focused on investments in the Fintech and E-commerce spaces, as well as overall management of the firm. He also manages the relationships with co-investors who join deals alongside Target Global. Before joining Target Global, Mike worked at one of the largest Russian asset manageres, Alfa Capital, where he was responsible for managing $200+ million in assets for Alfa Capital’s 15 largest private clients. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and twice won Russian state competitions in economics and entrepreneurship.
Partner @ Consillium
Ladislav became a Partner at Consillium after 12 years in UBS Wealth Management out of Zurich and Vienna. As an Executive Director he advised HNWI, UHNW and family office clients across Central Europe.
Ladislav is a Harvard Business School Alumni and holds a Master’s degree from the Masaryk University (Law) and Brno University of Technology (Economics).
Executive Director @ UVCA
Olga Afanasyeva serves as the Executive Director of UVCA. Financial Times and Google nominated as a Changemaker New Europe 100 in 2016. In 2017, Olga was appointed as Ukraine's Ambassador of Women in Venture Capital. Olga holds a PhD in Finance at the Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine. She has been studying at the University of Applied Sciences of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Academy of Capital Market Leaders at Lesław A. Paga Foundation (Poland). Olga has 8 years of experience lecturing at Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Greenwich (London, UK), as well as at the Jean Monnet Program of Erasmus +. She has experience in corporate governance and international cooperation. She also worked at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Olga is an author of more than 50 scientific papers, researches, and 3 books on finance, investments and banking. She was nominated in Top-50 Business Women in Ukraine (2018).
Olga was co-organizer of Ukrainian Davos Nights (January 2017), first Ukraine Davos House (January 2018) and initiator of first-ever Ukrainian Startup Pavilion at Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Serves as Advisory Board member of ALTFinator (Horizon-2020-backed project) which is focused on capacity-building of the financial ecosystem and its participants for improving innovative SMEs’ access to alternative forms of finance in Europe with focus on South, Central and Eastern Countries.
CFO @ UP21
Martin has experience with a startups' environment, fundraising, financial management and valuation of companies. He is the CFO of Prague based startup incubator UP21. Previously he was working in companies such as PwC, J&T Bank and startup Cashplay.
Founder & CEO @ VESTBERRY
Before establishing 0100 Ventures with his co-founders in 2016, Marek co-founded an accelerator, RubixLab, with the mission to attract international teams to Slovakia in the middle of 2014. Previously Marek worked in Kuala Lumpur at a company builder and an investment company Nova Founders Capital where he was responsible for the development of Private Equity Insights (PEI) startup focusing on the Swiss market. Overall Marek lived and worked in 6 countries and attended universities such as University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University or Université Paris-Dauphine. Marek has also founded VESTBERRY, a company helping LPs to resolve transparency issues with GPs in Private Equity and Venture Capital by standardised reporting system and advanced analytics.
Managing Partner @ Stanton Chase
Marek has over 15 years of human resources and executive search experience, and he is a trusted partner to many long-standing clients. Working with clients across Europe, mainly in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the primary focus of Marek’s practice is leadership roles within the Industrial, Financial Services, Technology, and Consumer Products & Services sectors.
Over the years, Marek has completed hundreds of search mandates, with a track record of success that includes senior leadership roles such as CEO, CFO, CIO, COO, and key strategic hires in General Management, Finance, IT, Sales & Marketing, and Operations. In 2017, Marek was appointed Global Leader for the Telecommunication Segment of the Stanton Chase Technology Practice Group. He is also active in the firm’s CFO & Financial Executives Practice Group.
Marek is one of the founding partners of the Stanton Chase Prague office. Prior to his career in executive search, Marek worked as a Financial Director with a mid-size private company and as a controller for Apple Computers in the Czech Republic. He also spent a couple of years as an SAP consultant with a partner company of SAP.
Marek is an active member of the CFO Club in the Czech Republic. Marek holds a university degree from the Czech Technical University. He is fluent in Czech and English, and welcomes the opportunity to work with clients in either language.
Senior Investment Manager @ EIF
Kriss is a senior investment manager in EIF’s earlystage VC and BA fund-of-funds practice, former business angel, entrepreneur and management consultant. Kriss has a "hands-on" experience in co-founding and developing businesses in product and service sectors, advisory work, as well as investing himself as a business angel. Kriss holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore, France).
Founder & Managing Partner @ Oriens
Mr Orban is the founder and managing partner of Oriens, one of Central Europe’s top performing private equity funds. Previously, Mr Orban had been the first Hungarian national at McKinsey & Company, and had worked for the consultancy for six years. Beyond his business interests, Mr Orban initiated and led two major projects on economic policy, and participated in preparing McKinsey’s bestselling book, The Power of Productivity. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Olin School of Business. Mr Orban has earned his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and his MA degree in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds an MSc degree from the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Senior Associate @ A.T. Kearney
Dan is a Senior Associate in Private Equity practice of A.T. Kearney. He works mostly on commercial due diligences for large and mid-sized London based PE funds. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Dan spent two years in a boutique Dubai based management consulting firm serving HNWI and investment management firms in the Middle-East, including the Saudi royal family. Also, he started his career at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, mostly working on transactions across Europe. Dan holds two master degrees – in Finance from Charles University and in International Business from University of Economics in Prague.
Managing Partner @ JAM VC
Jaroslav has been a VC investor, mentor, and advisor to Central and Eastern European (CEE) startups for more than 8 years. Previously a founding employee at Credo Ventures. Served as a speaker, panelist, and judge at numerous startup organizations and events. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs to achieve success. Former NCAA Division I college tennis player. Currently building a new venture capital fund designed for seed-stage tech startups in CEE.
Operating Partner @ EQT Ventures
Ted is an Operating Partner at EQT Ventures, the VC arm of private equity company EQT. At EQT Ventures Ted leads investment work in disruptive technology companies around Europe, as well as supports founders and entrepreneurs with product development, branding and marketing.
Previous to EQT Ventures, Ted was part of setting up classified service Blocket, founded cloud desktop provider Cloudo, has co-founded of digital agency Great Works, since 2014 part of the North Alliance (NOA), Scandinavia’s leading communications and technology network. Before Great Works, Ted co-founded agencies Speedway Digital Army (1997) and Abel & Baker (1999).
Partner, Chief Commercial Officer @ Direct People
Passionate innovator and creator of new ways to differentiate, restart growth and find new revenue sources. A believer in healthy entrepreneurship that can change the world for the better. Founder of Direct People, leading Czech innovation & service design agency with over 100 projects with major brands, since 2012. Member of the jury of Social Impact Award, mentor of StartUpYard incubator.
Partner, Chief Delivery Officer @ Direct People
Partner Direct People responsible for Quality of Delivery and building of company’s team. Before joining Direct People worked in several banks in various Middle management and Top management roles. He built Equa bank startup as its COO and CIO and member of the board. His career started with Management Consulting team of Deloitte and later Logica (now CGI)
Partner @ Deloitte
Dusan is a Partner responsible for M&A and delivery of financial due diligence services. He joined Deloitte in 2005 in Denver, Colorado. Between 2010 and 2013 he worked at the Deloitte national transaction services office in New York. In June 2013, Dusan transferred to our office in Prague.
He has coordinated projects in various industries including manufacturing, healthcare, energy, airlines and real estate on both sell- and buy-side and for clients ranging from small strategic buyers to large private equity funds. In the many of Dusan’s deal experience, his work has addressed not only accounting diligence and SPA advisory, but also management of other services including tax, human capital and IT. Dusan is a licensed certified public accountant in the USA and a graduate of the University of Colorado in Denver.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner @ Day One Capital
Csaba is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Day One Capital. As the COO, Csaba oversees the daily operations of Day One and therefore has played an integral role in the structuring, negotiation and consummation of all Day One investments to date. His current portfolio includes Optoforce (now merged to OnRobot), Oradian, Commsignia, Nowtechnologies, Kinestica and AImotive. As the former Minister of Economy in Hungary, a senior regulatory expert in the National Bank of Hungary and in the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to the OECD, Csaba brings over 15 years of regulatory and financial experience, a strategic mindset and a wide international network. Csaba holds a Diploma in Law from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.
Partner @ Oriens
Ms. Flora Macher has joined Oriens in 2007 when the firm was founded and is now a Partner at Oriens. She is responsible for transaction execution and ownership management. She also heads the firm's financial administration and fund management department. Ms. Macher has an MSc in Economics from Corvinus University Budapest and an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a PhD Candidate of the Economic History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Founding Partner @ ESPIRA Investments
Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, a private equity firm targeting growth capital investments in Czech and Slovak based SMEs. ESPIRA's objective is to support local entrepreneurs to realise their potential. An additional element of ESPIRA's investment philosophy is a focus on companies managed by balanced teams of men and women. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investments CEE, which is a Central European focused private equity firm managing over EUR 500 million. Earlier in her career, Emília was a member of the investment team of Benson Oak Capital and Penta Investments. Emília has been involved in transactions in a variety of sectors including health care, consumer goods, manufacturing and services. Emília graduated with honors with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Partner @ Value4Capital
Piotr Misztal is a Partner at Value4Capital (V4C), investing in Central and Eastern Europe with focus on mid-market buy-out or expansion capital transactions. Value4Capital is a spinout of Amundi Private Equity Funds and is currently investing from V4C Eastern Europe II with a total committed capital of €156m. Piotr joined V4C in 2007. Prior to that, since 1998 he was a Partner at Polish office of Riverside, a US private equity management company focused on mid market buyouts. Before joining private equity industry Piotr has gained experence in corporate finance and transaction advisory, among others in Bank Austria group. He has also worked as a Director at KN Wasserstein Perella, in the National Investment Funds mass privatization program in Poland. His professional career started in early 90-ties at KPMG Poland. During his private equity career Piotr has executed, managed and successfully exited several investments in various industry sectors in Poland and in Europe.
Piotr has Master of Sciences degree of Moscow State Institute for International Relations and has Diploma in Busness Administration from Canadian International Management Institute.
Partner @ ARX Equity
Michal is a Partner at ARX Equity Partners, an established private equity firm with over 20 years of experience with investing in medium-sized companies in Central Europe. At ARX, Michal is responsible for investment activities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to joining ARX, Michal worked in the Central European team of Advent International, and currently also serves as a Board Member of the Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (CVCA).
Investment Director @ CEE Equity Partners
Bill has over 20 years' experience of deal making in the CEE region, both as an investor and as an advisor.
He joined CEE Equity (Investment Advisor to China CEE Fund) in October 2013. He initiated and started the execution of the Fund’s first investment outside Poland – the partial buy-out of Hungary’s leading private university in December 2014.
He also initiated and led the execution of the Fund’s co-investment with Black Peak Capital into Walltopia (the world leader in the manufacture and installation of indoor climbing walls); and Javna Razsvetljava, a Slovenian municipal lighting company.
He is now seeking investment opportunities for the second China CEE Fund, mainly in Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, former Yugoslavia and Albania.
His early career was as an officer in the British Army, which included active service in the Falkland Islands and the First Gulf War, for which he was awarded an MBE. He has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Partner @ Genesis Capital
Ondrej Vicar is a partner in a private equity firm Genesis Capital. He began his cooperation with Genesis in 2007 as a turnaround manager in one of the portfolio companies Vltava.cz. Since then, he has been involved in GTH Catering, AZ KLIMA, Servodata, JRC Czech, HSW Signall and 3070 projects located in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to Genesis, Ondrej worked in Ogilvy Public Relations Prague as an Account Manager where he specialized in financial sector clients. Ondrej studied under a Socrates scholarship in Santiago de Chile and with the George Soros' Open Society Fund in the USA and graduated from the University of Economics in Prague.
Partner @ Credo Ventures
An entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Ondrej currently manages Credo Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded in January 2009. Until December 2008 he served as the Senior Investment Director of MCI Management S.A., where he was responsible for managing investments in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and former Yugoslavia. Since 2009, he has starred in the investment TV show Den D on Czech TV.
Managing Partner @ InfraPartners Management LLP (IPM)
Marian is the Managing Partner of IPM, a UK-based fund management and advisory company, authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority to carry out investment advisory and arrangement activities.
Since its inception, IPM has been mandated to advise on a number of asset-specific fund vehicles investing in large-scale emerging markets infrastructure projects developed by elements of the Samsung Group. This has seen IPM sign agreements with (i) Samsung Asset Management (Korea’s largest asset manager with c.US$180bn assets under management); (ii) Samsung Life Insurance (Korea’s largest life insurance company with c.US$260bn assets under management); and, (iii) KDB KIAMCO – (Korea’s largest specialist asset management company with c.US$195bn assets under management).
IPM has signed a Joint Venture Agreement with CEFC Jade Capital, a branch of a private Chinese Conglomerate with revenue of US$35bn (2014), headquartered in Shanghai with energy and financial services as its core business.
Marian is a former Director of InfraMed Management and Board Director of the JWPC Wind Farm (Jordan), Lamsa Wind Farm (Jordan) and Hamitabat CCGT (Turkey). Prior to InfraMed, Marian executed principal transactions in oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure across global emerging markets (MENA, Latin America, SEE/CEE, Asia) for an Africa-focused multi-strategy hedge-fund, Nubuke Investments, in London, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an investment arm of the World Bank, in Washington, DC. Some of his realised investments in the MENA plus Turkey region include a US$1.4 billion debt and mezzanine financing in Enerjisa, Turkey's largest renewable energy portfolio to date; Metito, a pre-IPO equity stake in the largest desalination producer in the Middle East; and a number of public minority investments in global natural resource companies in Africa (Addax, Afren, Tullow Oil, Heritage Oil, Maridive, First Quantum, Katanga Mining, Orascom Construction, Verenex). Prior to that, Marian was with Lehman Brothers’ Global FIG M&A/Investment Banking team in New York, covering financial institutions in the United States and Europe. Marian holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Cambridge University and completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Oberlin College and Oxford University.
Director @ DAO Family Office
Justinas Milašauskas is responsible for private equity investments and co-investments at DAO Family Office. DAO is an active manager and investor in real estate and private equity, deeply involved in defining investment strategy, selecting assets, attracting people and setting standards of execution.
Justinas has 11 years of international working experience in investment banking and asset management. Prior to DAO, Justinas headed the Baltic Trading and Sales division at DNB Markets.
Education: MSc in Quantitative Finance from VU Amsterdam and BSc in Econometrics from Vilnius University. Justinas is also the CFA charter-holder and serves on the board of two companies.